Royals ready to be crowned true queens of Johnson

Antonia Whatley practices her lay-up.
Antonia Whatley practices her lay-up.

Johnson University’s women’s basketball team is already off to a great season. Their first official practice was held Monday, in the Phillips-Welshimer Building Gym.

The first game of the season will tipoff at 7 p.m., Nov. 6, here, against Pensacola Christian College.

Players took to the hardwood Monday with some new additions to the Royals, include Johnson’s newest recruits Marissa Hill, Hannah White and Antonia Whatley. With these three representing Johnson, along with several veteran players, the team hopes to be crowned as true royalty.

While players are excited about the upcoming season, they do feel somewhat anxious.

“I’m nervous and excited for the first game,” Royal, Antonia Whatley, a freshman, said. “This is a huge transition from what I’m used to because this is now college level basketball.”

Whatley said women’s basketball is incredibly exciting, and that there are some misconceptions about it versus men’s basketball.

“The Boys do a lot of dunks and girls don’t,” she said. “So people don’t think we are as interesting — but we are.”

The team takes a group picture before the first practice begins.
The team takes a group picture before the first practice begins.

Coach Doug Karnes said he is extremely excited for what the new season will bring and is confident that the Royals will do well. He hopes that there will be more victories and most of all fun for the ladies.

“Basketball is my first love,” he said. ” For this season I expect no injuries, for everyone to stay healthy and for you girls to just have fun,” he told the team at practice

For more information on the Royals and their upcoming games, and other Johnson University athletics, visit the Johnson University athletic Sports page.

Johnson University is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association, who’s mission is to create an “association of Christ-centered collegiate institutions whose mission is to use athletic competition as an integral component of education, evangelism and encouragement,” their website says. “We serve our members by setting association standards, developing communication resources, providing regional/national competition and partnering in outreach to our communities and the world. We are committed to equipping student-athletes and coaches to make a positive impact for Christ.”

The team warms-up before practice Monday.
The team warms-up before practice Monday.

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